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South African National Parks (SANParks): Bioinformatics & Science Manager


Table Mountain National Park


A challenging vacancy exists for a Bioinformatics and Science Support Manager, based at the Cape Research Centre, working with the Scientific Services division of South African National Parks (SANParks). The successful candidate will lead and coordinate an initiative to modernise biological species data management at SANParks.
Salary scale: D4 level.

This two-year contract position will be based at the Cape Research Centre, in the Tokai section of Table Mountain National Park, Cape Town.

Forward your application with a Cover Letter, CV, relevant copies of Qualifications and ID to the following address:
Mr Thami Mohlabi
Human Capital Officer
P O Box 787
E-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you have not been responded to within 21 days after the closing date, do note that your application is unsuccessful.


  • MSc degree in Natural Science/Information Science or equivalent qualification.
  • Five years of working experience in an ecological field and/or bioinformatics-related field.
  • Five years of project management/coordination experience
  • Excellent knowledge and experience in data management, including in database development.
  • Experience managing teams and project finances
  • Strong experience in manipulation and analysis of large datasets from different sources
  • Sound understanding of taxonomy and South Africa's biodiversity datasets
  • Good working knowledge of GIS
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • A driver's license and willingness to travel to national parks across the country


  • PhD degree in Natural Science/Information Science.
  • Experience working with geographically-dispersed project teams.
  • Experience writing peer-reviewed journal articles.
  • Demonstrated experience and networking within South Africa's bioinformatics community, especially with SANBI’s biodiversity information systems team.
  • Experience working with GBIF data and APIs.
  • Experience working with Excel, Access, BRAHMS and Specify software.


  • Manage and administer a complex two-year national-scale project
  • Oversee a project team and manage finance according to SANParks’ policies and procedures
  • Coordinate development of knowledge systems and facilitate data management, synthesis and use for informing SANParks' conservation actions
  • Manage relationships with the donor and project partners, including SANBI


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